Update 22 November 2022

Quiz News

The November quiz from Julie Clarke has been loaded to the website and is ready for you to test your general knowledge. (Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.)

Face to face
Thanks to all involved in the organisation of our recent quiz. 20 teams competed in St Mary’s Church Hall. One of the walking football teams ran away with the prize followed by one of the wine tasting teams. Exercise and alcohol – is that the secret? The third placed team included the scorer, so that is hardly surprising but well done to all who turned up and attempted the questions set by Julie Clarke assisted by husband Ian. Kevin Dean kept the score in a totally bona fide and transparent way and the sound system was courtesy of Jim Thompson.

We had hoped to see “Mrs Clarkes Boys” in action on Eggheads this week but a certain football competition has delayed transmission. We’ll let you know when we have a new date.

Sandbach & District u3a AGM

This is a reminder that members are invited to nominate new committee members and/or submit proposals to the AGM.

Forms are available on our website and should be returned to the Secretary – secretary@sandbachu3a.org.uk, or post at 12 St Matthews Close, Haslington, CW1 5TW by 30th November.

News from our Groups

Creative Writing
Kathryn has let us know that there are two vacancies in the Creative Writing Group see https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/Groups/creative-writing to find out more or to contact Kathryn (Remember to login to be able to see the email button!)

Walking Cricket
Success!  (Though it’s the taking part that counts, isn’t it?)Our Walking Cricket team played against a Staffordshire team at Sandbach United Football ground at the beginning of November on a bright, sunny and not too cold day. The teams numbered 14 a side and the scores were Sandbach 198 for 14, Staffs 150 for 8.

u3a Choir
The u3a Choir invites U3A members to their informal Christmas Concert on Thursday 15 December at 2.00pm in the Wesley Centre. Admission free, but donations to the music fund would be welcome.

Group Leaders Diary Date

The 2023 Working Lunch will be on 11 February. Please add the date to your new diary, details and booking information will come to you via email soon.

Members Mornings

Our next Members Morning is on December 5th from 10.00 at Sandbach Town Hall and sees the return of the  Christmas Concert led by our own Sandbach u3a Brass Band.

Information about 2023 Members Mornings is now on our website, – https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/members-mornings/

u3a National poetry competition now open

“Entries are now open for the u3a national poetry competition, and we’d love to see what you have to offer. Your poem should be a maximum of 16 lines (plus title), on any topic, and be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 27 January 2023. The three winning poems will be published in Third Age Matters and on the u3a website.
You can find the competition rules and submission link on the Poetry Competition webpage , where you can also read previous winning entries.”

The competition is open to all members, not just those who are in writing groups. To spark some inspiration, you are also invited to join author Sophia Blackwell on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm for a free 2 hour masterclass called ‘Writing  Poetry for Publication and Performance’ which can be booked on the u3a’s national  online events webpage .

And finally …

  • My teachers told me I’d never amount to much because I procrastinate so much. I told them, “Just you wait!”
  • Have you heard about the new restaurant called ‘Karma?’ There’s no menu—you get what you deserve.
  • How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together.
  • Which knight invented King Arthur’s Round Table? Sir Cumference.
  • What do sprinters eat before a race? Nothing. They fast.
  • What do you call a fly without wings? A walk!
  • What happens when you witness a ship wreck? You let it sink in.
  • What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds.
  • What’s the easiest way to make a glow worm happy? Cut off its tail—it’ll be delighted!
  • What do you call a belt made of watches? A waist of time!
  • What’s the best way to carve wood? Whittle by whittle.
  • What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday? “Aye, matey!”




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